I was born in 1997 and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, just outside Boston.
I picked up a pencil as early as I can remember and practiced drawing every day for years. Like many of us, my days of letting my imagination run wild began to fade as I was introduced to new experiences that seemed to take priority over creating art. It wasn't until I reached high school that my social interests and academic requirements completely overtook my love for drawing. But it didn't last. By late in my junior year of high school, as I became increasingly careless towards what I was learning in school, I re-discovered my passion for the arts in the form of graffiti characters and letters. While i found my interest in school and partying rapidly diminishing, my drive to create only grew stronger.
I began to move away from graffiti and became amazed at tattoo art and illustration. By my senior year of high school, I found myself drawing every chance I could. I graduated Arlington High School in 2015 and went on to Lesley University in Cambridge, to continue my artistic and academic studies. It was there that I learned how to draw realistic objects and portraits with charcoal. But I also realized I didn't want to settle on being an illustrator with a background in academics, but instead wanted to be a self-directed artist fully dedicated to creating.
I dropped out of Lesley and a half year later went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. While there, I was given studio space and fine art classes where I found my love for oil painting. After a year at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, I decided I still wanted more freedom to pursue exactly what I wanted, so I left and fully dedicated my time to oil painting.
Had I settled for the numbing detachment I felt following a path that I knew would lead me nowhere, I would have never pursued that which made me most fulfilled. It was only at the end of high school that I began truly discovering who I was. A sudden escalation of mental illness had completely changed the way I viewed myself and life as a whole.
Before then, I had no passion in life and no drive to do anything but mindlessly wander through the fabricated hurdles of a capitalist-driven educational system, hoping it would eventually lead me to a sense of fufillment. Right from the start, this system delivers students the same mindset, that by getting good grades in categorical subjects, going to college and getting a good-paying job, you can retire in your 60s and therefore live a happy, complete life. Not once had I questioned what a "happy" life meant to me other than what I was being told. Eventually the years of wasted time caught up to me and left me with a feeling of overwhelming emptiness.
I treat this sense of emptiness, which we all come across at some point in our life, as a blessing that causes us to question deeply rooted ideologies and priorities that have been influenced on us throughout our life. In doing so, we're given an opportunity to contemplate our current mindset, and make the changes necessary to find a long lasting sense of fulfillment.
With that being said, I am now a full time artist, exploring, discovering and enjoying the process of creating. There is no limit to the potential each of us hold. I'm hoping that through my on-going journey to find my own potential, I can provide inspiration to those who are searching for motivation to do the same.